By Obas Esiedesa
Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has expressed the readiness to sustain its support for local companies within the entire hydrocarbon value-chain towards growing the nation’s economy.
Baru stated this during a plant tour of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, an indigenous oil company in Tin Can Island, Lagos.
A statement by the corporation on Sunday said the GMD stated that NNPC was ready to encourage MRS in whatever way it could.
He also assured the company that as a commercial customer, it would be given priority in terms of gas supply in order to keep them growing and ultimately grow the economy.
According to him, “As we always encourage players in this industry, it is good to see MRS localising production which ensures it provides employment to the people, improves the economy and produces quality products at a much lower price”.
While congratulating the management of MRS for venturing into manufacturing alongside their core area of oil trading, Baru said he was particularly impressed by how they were packaging lubricants including home care products and insecticides, which are always in demand.
“There are vast opportunities for partnership with NNPC Retail which is also going into lubricants manufacturing especially in terms of blending and packaging of their products. So in terms of collaboration, it is a win-win situation for both of us,” Baru added.
The Group Chief Executive Officer of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Alhaji Sayyu Dantata in his response thanked the GMD for the visit, which he said had energised his company in its quest to remain a key player in the nation’s downstream and manufacturing sectors.
He said with NNPC’s assurance of constant gas supply to the plant, MRS was upbeat about meeting its objectives by providing Nigerians quality products at highly competitive prices.
He described the GMD as father of the industry who has been very supportive towards indigenous companies.